TYPES, VARIETIES & CUTS
There are two major types of lime – Mexican or Key limes (Citrus aurantifolia) and Persian or Tahiti limes (Citrus x “Tahiti”). A third, less common type is the Makrut lime.
Key limes are small and round, measuring around one to two inches in diameter. Immature Key limes are green, but gain a yellow tinge as they mature. The rind is leathery, smooth, and thin. More acidic than Tahiti limes, Key limes are seedy with juicy, greenish yellow flesh. Varieties of Key limes include Everglade, Kagzi, Palmetto, and Yung.
Tahiti limes are larger and more oval-shaped than Key limes. Dark green at maturity, the fruit yellows as it becomes overripe. With only a slightly acidic taste, Tahiti limes are usually seedless with light green, juicy flesh. Varieties include Bearss, Idemor, and Pond.
The Makrut lime and its aromatic leaves are often used in Southeast Asian cooking. This lesser-known lime is dark green and small with a very bumpy skin.
Sources: USDA, University of Florida IFAS Extension, Purdue University Center for New Crops & Plants Products. / https://apps.bluebookservices.com
|US GRADE STANDARDS||DAYS SINCE SHIPMENT||% OF DEFECTS ALLOWED||OPTIMUM TRANSIT TEMP (oF)||CHILLING INJURY|
|10 - 5 - 3||
15 - 8 - 5
14 - 8 - 5
13 - 7 - 4
11 - 6 - 3
10 - 5 - 3